Gustav was supposed to be a big deal but when it finally arrived, all we saw was some wind and rain. Now Ike is on the way, and it looks like this hurricane will be a more of a direct hit. Houston and Galveston are evacuating and lots of people are coming to Nacogdoches - our shelters are getting pretty full, they're keeping animals and pets in the Expo center, and if you want to stock up on wine and dog bones (as we naturally do) there will be a very long line at the grocery store. We're not too worried - I am 99% sure Nac will not flood and while the danger of a tree falling on my apartment or car is a concern, there's not really anything I can do about that right now. Some people, on the other hand, are spitting in Ike's face and staying put to brave the storm no matter what. Take Denise from Galveston. She's not afraid of anything.
Damn straight. Denise, I'm going to be thinking of you when Ike comes a-calling. (And actually, I hope you did evacuate, seeing as the Galveston sea wall has already been breached and officials are saying "flee or die." In fact, you should bring your brandy to Nacogdoches and we'll have a proper hurricane party!)
Thousands fled the island earlier in the day in private cars or on government-chartered buses, but a few diehards insisted they would stay in their homes. One was Denise Scurry, a 46-year-old pool hall employee who was sitting on a milk crate Thursday afternoon in downtown Galveston near her two-story home, reading “Thugs and the Women Who Love Them” and sipping brandy.
“It ain’t going to be nothing, but wind and rain,” she said. “Everybody’s all excited about nothing.”
Seriously though. I'm probably going to spend the weekend drinking wine, eating beans, and playing Scrabble by candlelight. I hope everyone else stays as safe, dry, and drunk as possible!